Preparing for this summer's production
Every year I spend winter taking a look at what I grew the previous summer. Some foods are meant to be eaten the day they are harvested, while others are grown with the intention of eating year 'round.
But today, as I was digging through the pantry area of the kitchen, I realized it had been a while since the cupboards were REALLY sorted out and cleaned. It did not take long, it was a matter of doing it. I was procrastinating another chore, so it was easy to get started.
You can learn a lot about your family's eating habits cleaning a pantry. I learned that our family does not like Chow Chow. I really already knew this when the 4-H Domestic Exchange kids proudly presented a pint of it from their mom's garden. 12 years ago. Other odds and ends, about half a 5 gallon bucket of things, went to the compost pile. I will not be tempted to can, dehydrate, or purchase many of those items since our "family of 2" no longer enjoys what we consumed as a family of 4 plus all of the neighborhood kids.
Now is a great time to clean out the pantry in order to make room for the "new things" you will be preserving. And we will be using up the last of a package of lentils, home canned tuna from a few years ago, and baking Kalamata olive/rosemary/sourdough bread with some of what was found!